Download PDF: Kiriakos-Fugate RV, Queer Palestine By Sa’ed AtshanRedwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020. 296 pages. $28.00 In Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique, Sa’ed Atshan writes about queer activism of and in solidarity with queer Palestinians. His
Download PDF: Tang RV, Embracing Disruptive Coherence By Kathleen T. TalvacchiaEugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019. 142 pages. $19.00 Drawing from both queer theory and queer theology, Kathleen Talvacchia’s recent work situates the act of coming out within Christian practical theology.
Download PDF: Buggs, Kaleidoscope Authorities Abstract In this essay I use the image of the kaleidoscope to reflect on the ways in which two African American laywomen, matriarchs in their families and religious communities, perform religious authority in the local
Download PDF: Song, The Fullness of Life Abstract The conversation on abortion in the United States is largely at an impasse, marked by a polarized dichotomy between “pro-life” and “pro-choice” frameworks. Traditional Christian pro-life theology defaults to a “sanctity of
Download PDF: Howard, Nonviolence as Love in Action Abstract This article expands on the existing scholarship on the Reverend James M. Lawson’s philosophy of nonviolent direct action, which he situated in the Christian lexicon and Jesus’ model of love. More
Download PDF: Green RV, Masculinity By Sarah ImhoffBloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. 300 pages. $38.00. Sarah Imhoff’s new book Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism seeks to fill a lacuna in both masculinity studies and Jewish studies by addressing
Download PDF: Pierce, Violence and Annihilation Abstract Conservative biblical scholars and those on the Christian Right often deploy bigoted readings of Gen 19:1–11—the infamous story of Sodom and Gomorrah—that demean and censure the experiences and identities of LBGT communities. The
Download PDF: Kim RV, Faith in Flux By Devaka PremawardhanaPhiladelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 232 pages. $49.95. The spread of Christianity worldwide during the twenty-first century cannot be discussed without the success of Pentecostalism. While the heavy presence of
Download PDF: RV The, Wiley Blackwell Reader Edited by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemoreHoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2019. 424 pages. $51.95. Describing one’s area of interest as “practical theology” can often elicit the follow-up retort, “. . . as opposed to impractical theology?”
Download PDF: Curtis, Turning the Wheel Practical Matters is proud to publish Issue 12, Revolutions and Re-Imaginations: New Directions in Religious Practices and Practical Theology. We are grateful to the authors, peer reviewers, and supportive colleagues who helped us bring
Download PDF: Curtis and Zoltan, Practicing Re-Imagination While many of the articles in this issue address new directions in the academic study of religious practices, innovations and transformations of religious practices themselves are happening among practitioners all the time. To
Download PDF: Whitmore, Narrow is the Way Abstract Previous efforts to discern whether Christian scholars have a place in the university have focused on orthodoxy—whether professors can speak and write according to their faith. This article focuses rather on orthopraxy—whether
Download PDF: Theoharis, You Who Have Neglected Abstract Although a plethora of biblical texts preach good news to the poor, other texts are used to justify inequality and to blame the poor, or different religious groups, for the misery and oppression
Download PDF: RV Selak, Invitation to Practical Theology Edited by Claire E. Wolfteich Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014. 386 pages. $29.95 In Catholic theology, practical theology occupies an ambiguous space. It sometimes stands alone as a discipline, while in other
Download PDF: Stanton, An Economic Community Abstract Economic and community development has always been important to the work of the church. This essay examines two popular frameworks of community development employed by congregations. The first posits a choice between charitable
Download PDF: Cantwell, Religion Is Our Business Abstract Though scholars have long been attentive to the impact capitalism has had upon the development of American religious life, few have considered religion itself as a site of work, labor, or employment.